The Deputy Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, Councillor Jon Williams, has recently visited the twin town of Bad Rappenau, Germany with a group of fourteen delegates including his young family. The Welsh visitors together with delegates from Contrexéville, France were attending Bad Rappenau’s Adventskaffee event which marks the start of the Christmas celebrations.

Bad Rappenau Xmas 2015

Visitors from Llandrindod Wells with their hosts at the Adventskaffee celebration in Bad Rappenau Castle

Everyone was struck by the warm welcome the groups received from their hosts on their arrival in Germany and the full programme of activities arranged for them. The visitors were hosted with families in Bad Rappenau and on the first morning were taken to the Christmas Market in the adjoining and enchanting mediaeval town of Bad Wimpen. In the afternoon everyone gathered in Bad Rappenau Castle for “Advent Coffee” where members of the Grombach Band entertained them playing a selection Christmas Carols.

Visitors and hosts at Heidelberg Castle

Visitors and hosts at Heidelberg Castle

The following day the visitors were able to enjoy Bad Rappenau’s extensive and modern spa facilities followed by a visit to Heilbronn Christmas Market. Other trips included a visit to the ancient university city of Heidelberg where visitors explored the Castle and a visit to Stuttgart and its extensive Christmas Market.

Visiting Stuttgart Christmas Market

Visiting Stuttgart Christmas Market

The trip reinforced the links between Llandrindod and its twin towns.  During the visit the deputy mayor Councillor Jon Williams had constructive meetings with the head-teachers at the High School and Primary School when they were able to discuss how to links between the schools in each town might be developed.

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